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Brad focused on doing well for Sarries


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 30 Oct 2008 at 10:35
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After a perfect ending to his Natal Sharks career South African centre Bradley Barritt says he is hugely excited to get his adventure with Saracens, and possibly even England, underway.

Barritt and fellow Currie Cup star Wikus van Heerdan have both signed up to join Eddie Jones as he continues to reshape the Sarries team and, fresh off a huge success in SA’s premier domestic competition Barritt says he is ready for his new challenge, according to www.rugby365.com.

“Obviously, this Currie Cup success has been a great way to leave,” he said.

“With the Currie Cup being steeped in such tradition, it was an honour and a privilege to be involved in winning the title. It was a huge team effort and a wonderful reward for the massive input from the players and management.”

Despite being just 22 years-old, Barritt has already amassed over 60 caps for the coastal franchise and, after making his provincial debut at 19, was highly tipped to be a future Springbok. Now though, having made the decision move to the UK, Barritt is not sure where his future lies. He does concede though, should he return to South Africa, it is hard to imagine playing for any other team other than his beloved Sharks.

“I’m just going to take it year by year and enjoy the experience. I’ll never rule out playing for the Sharks again, it’s been my home and a really special place to be. Whether I play next year or not or return to South Africa after my contract, I don’t see myself ever being able to play anywhere else in this country.”

Along with fellow new arrival Wikus van Heerden, the Saracens ranks also boast plenty of South African experience with Springbok prop Cobus Visagie and ex-Stormers star Neil de Kock now also a veryimportant part of their makeup.

“It will definitely be nice to have this South African flavour there but I’m also really looking forward to mixing with the other guys from other countries. There are a host of great players there such as former Chiefs player Glen Jackson, who is a really exciting footballer, while another New Zealander, Chris Jack, is someone I admire as a player and a person.”

The burning question of course on everyone’s minds is whether or not Barritt might one day turn out for Martin Johnson’s international team, or whether his future does still hold green and gold.

“I’ll never close the door on playing for the Springboks and if I got the opportunity it would be a huge honour, but having said that, I do qualify to play for England [through ancestary], though I don’t want to be presumptuous in any way. My goal now is just to focus on playing for Saracens and hopefully helping them achieve some victories and maybe a trophy along the way.”

Given the current short supply of international class centres amongst the England ranks it will certainly be interesting to see if Barritt make a sufficient impact in the English game to have to answer that life changing decision sooner than he may have expected.


31 Comments

  • GO BRAD go brad
    GO BRAD go brad
    GO BRAD go brad
    GO BRAD go brad
    GO BRAD go brad
    GO BRAD go brad
    GO BRAD go brad

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.10.08 10:58:47 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 1) :

    Brad?? Brad who?? 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.10.08 11:06:34 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 2) : Grrrr :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.10.08 11:18:36 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 3) :

    Is he playing for Walter’s LIONS now??? 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.10.08 11:36:49 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 2) : @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 3) : BRAD PITT πŸ™„

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.10.08 11:36:55 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 5) :

    Never knew Robsie had a softspot for Brad Pitt… 😯

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.10.08 11:39:39 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 6) :

    Well, In fect…never knew Brad Pitt played rugby!! or does he jog perhaps?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.10.08 11:40:14 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 1) :

    Your Sarries replica fitting you well Rob…?
    Any SARRIESWORLD projects in the pipeline? :mrgreen:

    Good luck Brad!

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.10.08 11:57:08 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 8) : hey – now you mention it πŸ™‚

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.10.08 12:08:45 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 9) : Hi Rob . When is that interview with Ruan happening?

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.10.08 12:19:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : the questions are with his agent… we’re waiting for him to have a gap in his schedule

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.10.08 12:21:29 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 9) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.10.08 12:26:06 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 11) : Interesting that you asked us not to ask questions relating to him playing flyhalf because it’s been done….How things change in a week πŸ™„

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.10.08 12:29:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : yeah – I did slip in a question about that πŸ™‚

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.10.08 12:59:29 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • Good luck with your future Brad.

    Never nice to see a SA lad play for another country, but you have left with dignity, and I hope that you find happiness and success, even if it is for the Pasty Poms.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.10.08 13:07:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) : let’s not get carried away, though… he hasn’t been selected by anyone yet πŸ™‚

    Dude – can you hop onto MSN? Need to run something by you

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.10.08 13:09:13 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • Am so bleak he’s going!Im sure Englands gonna snap him up in no time, thants going to piss me off even more.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.10.08 14:11:05 by billy Reply

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  • @billy (Comment 17) : it’s ok… I’ll have a word with him

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.10.08 14:21:52 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 18) : please do, tell him if he turns england down i will give up pies. i like pies.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.10.08 14:45:20 by billy Reply

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  • @billy (Comment 19) :hehehe

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.10.08 15:45:42 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 20) : hohoho… speaking of pies… where’s Wes? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.10.08 15:50:59 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • Bugger was on here 2 days ago.

    Sent him a summons via email.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.10.08 16:29:01 by PJLD Reply
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  • HOW MANY RSA CENTRES PLY THEIR TRADE OVERSEAS???

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.10.08 16:45:58 by barend Reply

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  • 33

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.10.08 17:00:35 by PJLD Reply
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  • @barend (Comment 23) :

    Good question. I fear it’s not quite as many as we would think.

    Off the top of head:
    Bradley Tarquin Barritt
    Marius Peophol Joubert
    That Liebenberg chap that plays for France off and on.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.10.08 18:42:50 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 25) : Stuart Tosspot Abbott

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.10.08 20:12:09 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • I had a chat with Brad after the CC final and he sounded VERY excited about joining up with Sarries. I did promise to pop down and watch him in action.

    Let’s hope we don’t have to see him in the white of the Poms! πŸ˜₯ πŸ™„

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.10.08 22:53:41 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 27) : Did you mention that we’re friends?

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.10.08 23:24:59 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • Dnt follow the rugby in England/Europe. Is Abbot stil in the mix? And is Geoff Apleford long gone? Wot abt the SA playrs playing in USA. Isnt there also a centre? Just thawts nd asking. Might be totaly out.

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.10.08 23:50:20 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @robdylan (CC Champ β€˜08) (Comment 28) : I didn’t actually Rob.

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.10.08 01:02:17 by Villie Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 29) : I know Geoff finally retired about 18 months ago, due to a persistent shoulder injury.

    Really don’t know much about rugby in the US, I’m sorry to say

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.10.08 10:22:01 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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